Lacrosse Drops Season Opener to Towson, 9-6
Feb. 28, 2004
TOWSON, MD - The George Washington women's lacrosse team opened the 2004 season with a 9-6 loss to Towson Saturday afternoon at Towson, MD, despite out-shooting the Tigers, 26-25. GW's Maria Druke (Oshkosh, WI/Lourdes) netted the first goal of the day off of a pass from junior Heidi Mayer (Havertown, PA/Haverford) (17:12). Towson senior midfielder Amy Middleton was quick to respond for the Tigers as she blasted a pair of unassisted goals at 15:27 and 13:46, respectively.
Towson senior Abby Giancola then gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead at the 13:07 mark as she converted a free position shot before the Colonials rallied back with a pair of free position goals by Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) and Jamie Lee (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley) to tie the game at 3-3. Both teams would exchange two more goals before going into the break tied at 5-5.
Towson senior Stephanie Howell, who won five draw controls for the Tigers, lifted Towson to a 6-5 margin early into the second half as she scored a goal off of a free position attempt (27:03). Then, after both teams were held scoreless for almost 12 minutes, GW sophomore Lauren Bower (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) took a pass from junior Jenny Heisler (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) to tie the game for the fifth time. Towson sophomore Kelly Fitzgerald then scored the tie-breaking goal (7-6) as she planted a pass from senior Caitlin Marshall with 10:37 left in the game. The Tigers held GW scoreless for the remainder of the action while padding their victory with two unassisted goals by Marshall.
Towson goalkeeper Jessica O'Connell stopped eight shots for the Tigers, including six in the second half, while GW freshman Emily Fortunato (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) made 10 saves in between the pipes in her first collegiate game.
"I credit our defense for holding Towson to six goals for most of the game," GW head coach Jennifer Morris said. "Towson was winning the majority of the draw controls so we didn't get the possessions to execute our offense."
Goals: Towson - Amy Middleton (3), Caitlin Marshall (2), Stephanie Howell (2), Kelly Fitzgerald, Abby Giancola